Sheeran embraced Yung and presented him with a pair of tickets to his upcoming show as a gesture of appreciation for the impromptu duet they performed.
Mike Yung, a seasoned singer, made his way to a bustling subway stop in Brooklyn on a sunny Monday afternoon. It was his usual routine that he had been practicing for several decades - to sing a love song to the passersby in hopes of bringing joy and happiness to their day. With his heart full of passion and soulful voice ready to unleash, he began to croon through Ed Sheeran's latest single, "Eyes Closed."
Holding a piece of folded paper with the lyrics in his hand, he sang with an unwavering spirit, letting his voice echo through the subway station. As Yung sang his heart out, he heard a voice join in with his performance, singing the same lyrics with ease, reported LA Times.
When Yung turned around to see who it was, he was shocked to see that it was none other than Ed Sheeran himself. The busker was struck with disbelief, and a smile of joy spread across his face. At that moment, all the years of singing in the subway station had finally paid off.
He had attracted the attention of one of the biggest names in the music industry. Without any hesitation, Yung threw his arms around the pop star in a warm embrace. "Oh wow," he exclaimed, filled with excitement, "you just made my day—you're the man!"
After Yung and Ed Sheeran shared an embrace, Sheeran expressed his admiration for Yung by telling him, "I fu**ing love you" and encouraged him to keep singing. Yung continued to perform, and Sheeran joined in, swaying his head to the rhythm. A crowd soon gathered around the unlikely duo, capturing the moment on their phones.
Sheeran even sang along with Yung on the high notes of the chorus, creating a beautiful harmony that echoed through the Church Avenue subway station. Before departing, Sheeran presented Yung with a pair of tickets to his upcoming show at Kings Theater, a gesture of appreciation for the impromptu duet they had just performed together.
The heartwarming encounter was captured on video by Rick McGuire, the curator behind the famous Instagram account @subwaycreatures. The account is well-known for featuring amusing, strange and sometimes surreal moments that take place in New York City's subway system.
After posting the video to his page, it quickly gained a significant amount of media attention. McGuire was approached by Sheeran's record label to arrange the encounter as a promotional event for the British pop star's upcoming album, titled "-." However, Yung's reaction was completely genuine and he had no idea what was coming, McGuire explained.
For several years, Yung has been captivating the attention of New York subway passengers and visitors with his exceptional singing skills. He has established himself as a popular figure among commuters and tourists alike. However, it was in 2016 that McGuire first came across a video of Yung performing the classic hit "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers when someone sent it to him. McGuire shared the video on his Instagram page, and it quickly gained popularity, catching the attention of James Corden, who invited Yung to perform on his "Late Late Show."
Take it easy today!— Rural Kemet (@RuralAlkebulan) April 9, 2023
Love your person, I mean your black person🖤!
Beautiful piece by malome Mike Yung! pic.twitter.com/y5LaUKwDR9
From there, Yung's career took off and he auditioned for Season 12 of "America's Got Talent." During his audition, he wowed notoriously critical judge Simon Cowell, along with fellow judges Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum, as well as the audience, with his rendition of "Unchained Melody," earning a standing ovation. He advanced to the semifinals, where he performed another hit song, Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud."
Interestingly, this is a song that Yung also performs regularly at his usual station at 23rd and Sixth Avenue. Thanks to his undeniable talent and captivating performances, Yung has come a long way from singing in subway stations. He continues to gain recognition and success in the music industry.
Mike Yung! Dude can sing. His voice will bring you to tears https://t.co/2yV2Jr27jg— James (@atjamestweets) April 12, 2023
Yung successfully raised enough funds through Kickstarter to produce his own EP after gaining popularity through his appearances on TV and social media. He has since gone on several tours and continues to perform regularly at local events.
Yung told Pitchfork in 2018, "I know that the things that I do is not done anymore — it’s very rare that you find somebody that sings like me without a microphone. You have to love what you do. All of us are blessed, but I’m blessed to wake up in the morning and be able to sing at 7:30 a.m. when I have to."